AccessStream releases open source identity access management package

* AccessStream aims to deliver enterprise-grade identity management, support for IAM systems

As the new year came in, a new project was revealed to the public: an open source identity access management package from AccessStream. The package was released as a Beta 1 version but AccessStream said it should be treated as alpha code. A second release is imminent, though, so maybe it's time you took a look.

The goal of the AccessStream project is to deliver an enterprise-style package offering authentication, authorization, audit, reporting, administration, security policy, single sign-on and support for common directories and IAM systems. Rather than re-inventing the wheel, AccessStream aims to consolidate the best-of-class free open source framework and security components into an integrated open source identity management and IAM application.

AccessStream will add wrappers and connectors, a management console as well as standardized ports to major client and server platforms.

AccessStream was founded by CEO Lance Edelman, who previously served as director of sales support & services for Beta Systems, a long-standing vendor in the provisioning market. He claims it was pricing that led him to form the start-up. He says: “The market for enterprise identity and access management solutions is currently dominated by several proprietary vendors. The solutions are very expensive to license and implement and generally result in vendor lock-in. The AccesStream open source solution offers an alternative that is much more cost effective, eliminates vendor lock-in and delivers an overall superior solution.”

Developing enterprise-class open source software isn’t an easy undertaking. Even the fairly well-known OpenOffice has had a rough go of it. Open source identity management software is also finding a hard time getting acceptance (and, no, I won’t rehash the OpenID ordeal). But one of these days a serendipitous moment will occur and an open source identity management package will be at the right stage to take advantage. It just might be AccessStream.

Online events:

On Thursday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. EDT, Ping Identity will host a Webinar entitled “The Business Value of Internet Single Sign-On.” Among the benefits to be presented are:

* Cost savings by reducing password reset costs and increasing IT and end-user productivity.

* Faster time-to-value, lower total cost of ownership and time-to-payback for ISSO projects.

* Reduced risk of phishing attacks, identity theft, and compliance audit failures.

* Increased top-line revenue by enabling new, innovative services to be easily provided to the market.

Details and registration at the Ping Web site.

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